Latest report has disclosed that Western surveillance spotted 80 Chibok Girls at the time of their kidnap by the Boko Haram terrorist group from Chibok Girls’ Secondary school in Borno State. This information has been made public just about 24 months after the disappearance of more than 200 girls abducted from school.
A report by the UK Sunday Times has emerged, claiming that the surveillance of both the United States of America and the United Kingdom had spotted about 80 of the kidnapped girls shortly after their abduction in April, 2014.
According to Dr. Andrew Pocock, former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, who made the disclosure, the girls remained at the location where they were spotted for not less than four weeks, but authorities were ‘powerless’ to render any help and rather chose to do nothing about saving them as expert opinions suggested that any effort towards their rescue will be too “high risk”especially since the insurgents were using the girls as human shields. Moreover he said, the Nigerian government did not ask for help anyway. While speaking to The Sunday Times, Pocock said:
“A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment.
A land-based attack would have been seen coming miles away and the girls killed, an air-based rescue, such as flying in helicopters or Hercules, would have required large numbers and meant a significant risk to the rescuers and even more so to the girls.
You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed. My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment — 80 were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.
According to an investigation carried out by Christina Lamb for the Sunday Times magazine, video accounts have also emerged showing that the girls were brutally raped regularly. As Lambs said, ‘they film schoolgirls being raped over and over again until their screams become silent.’
Some of the girls who were lucky to have escaped told Ms. Lamb that they were kept in ‘women’s prisons’ where they received teachings about Islam, adding that Boko Haram fighters would visit and pick their wives from there.
The girls had no power to prevent the men from abusing them because they were always heavily armed. They were threatened with videos of people being raped, tortured and killed as a deterrent to those who might be nursing the idea of running away.
“Boko Haram ‘makes ISIS look like playtime’ and it is ‘beyond belief’ that both Nigerian and Western authorities have no knowledge of where the schoolgirls are”, said Dr Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventy Cathedral who has spent several years attempting to negotiate with the terror group.
Dr. Stephen nevertheless, insists that the locations of the camps where the girls are being held are very well-known and can even be seen on Google maps. He added, ‘how many girls have to be raped and abducted before the West will do anything?”
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